Thursday, July 9, 2009

Herbed White Beans with Broccoli

I originally created this recipe trying to re-create Olive Gardens Chicken con Broccoli, it's not quite that but it is good in it's own right.

Herbed White Beans with Broccoli

2 cans white beans, drained
1 tsp. olive oil
4 oz. dried orecchiette pasta (or other medium pasta)
2 c. milk
½ c. water
1 chicken bullion cube
1 Tbsp. Butter
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 c. broccoli florets
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Spice Mix:
1 tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
1 ½ tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/8 tsp. cayenne or paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine Spice mix. Saute in olive oil and butter, beans, spice mix, and garlic until garlic is fragrant. Cook pasta in salt water until al dente. Drain, set aside. Combine half and half, milk, broth, and cornstarch. Stir into pan. Cook until thick. Add pasta and broccoli. Cook until thick and broccoli is crisp-tender.

Eastern Variation: ½ red pepper
1 carrot, julienned
1 onion, cut into chunks
Saute with beans. Add to cream sauce
1/3 c. peanut butter
Sprinkle top with chopped peanuts

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